Pema Khandu takes oath as Arunachal CM for second-term; inducts 11 ministers in Cabinet

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Bharatiya Janata Party Leader Pema Khandu on Wedesday took oath as the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh for the second term. Apart from Chief Minister, Governor BD Mishra also administrated oath to 11 ministers who will be the part of Pema Khandu’s state cabinet.

Chief Minister inducted 11 ministers in his cabinet including Chowna Mein,who was deputy Chief Minister in last government.

Lawmakers including Honchun Ngandam, Wangki Lowang, Alo Libang, Kamlung Mossang, and Bamang Felix managed to retain their cabinet berth. While CM has also inducted some new faces including – Tumke Bagra, Mama Natung, Nakap Nalo, Tage Taki and Taba Tedir.

Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah took to Twitter and congratulated Pema Khandu for another term. ‘Congratulations to Shri on taking oath as Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh. I thank people of Arunachal Pradesh for their faith in BJP. I am sure that the leadership of PM Narendra Modi and CM Pema Khandu will take the state to newer heights of progress’, said Shah in a tweet.

READ: Arunachal Polls: CM Pema Khandu meets Governor BD Mishra; recommends to dissolve Legislative Assembly

Many other leaders including Arun Jaitley, Anurag Thakur, Nitin Gadkari also congratulated Pema Khandu on the second term.

Earlier, Pema Khandu and Union Ministers on Sunday met state Governor BD Mishra and submitted their resignation.

Khandu, leading the first BJP government in Arunachal Pradesh, had switched to the People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) from Congress and then joined the BJP in 2016.

The ruling BJP with over 50% of vote share bagged 41 assembly seats in the 60-member state. The Congress with just 16% vote share won four seats while Janata Dal United JD(U) with almost 10% vote share bagged seven seats and National People’s Party (NPP) five seats.

Assembly Polls in the state were held on 57 seats as three BJP MLAs – Phurpa Tsering from Dirang Assembly seat, Taba Tedir from Yachuli and Kento Jini from Along East – were elected unopposed.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had also won both the Lok Sabha seats – East Arunachal and West Arunachal –  in the state.

The Bharatiya Janata Party in the recently concluded national polls has secured 303 seats, 22 more than it got in 2014. While BJP along with its allies, the NDA secured 352 seats.

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